Building Strong & Resilient Communities

In partnership with Focus College, Surrey BC, we are providing these free events for international students, newcomers, refugees and naturalized immigrants to join us for conversation, fun and welcoming meetup groups.

Dates: Third Tuesday of each month
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: 13655 104 Ave #105, Surrey

Who? All ages. All English levels

What? Providing international students,  newcomers, refugees and naturalized immigrants with inclusive, fun and welcoming meetup groups.

Why? Helping you navigate your new environment, gain confidence, cultivate and to make friends through ice breaker games and discussions.

Topics include:

  • Guest speaker from the community
  • Living in different country, being in a new cultural, how to navigate through different cultures
  • Where to go when needing help, looking for work in Canada, learn to self-care
  • Celebrating different holidays, preparing for immigration test, avoid being a victim of spam


Forum and Conversation

Date: March 9, 2019
Time: 10:15 am – 12:45 pm
Location: Surrey Centre Library
10350 University Drive, Surrey BC

Thank you everyone for coming out and supporting the “re-imagining Safety and Belonging”. You all contributed to our success. Many of you have shown great interest in starting a meetup group in your community,  volunteering through giving presentations and public speaking to high schools, colleges and universities or creating another discussions to the race of addressing loneliness and social connectedness at the very roots of the issues.
We are grateful to our 3 wonderful speakers Maggie Karpilovsky of United Way of Lower Mainland, Adeelah Saad, Board Member of BTC, and Surrey Councillor Linda Annis for giving us insights and hope for the future.

Walk to End Social Isolation

Date: May 18, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Congregate at 9:30 am
Location: North Grandview Hwy
Walk to connect on Victoria Dr
End walk in Trout Lake Park near entrance to Tout Lake Community Centre

Past Events

Re-imagining Social Connectedness
North Vancouver Forum

“Loneliness & social isolation are growing issues with serious consequences for people and society. Addressing loneliness & social isolation is a shared responsibility that needs to be addressed together by the private, non-profit, academic & government sectors.”  (Fed. Government Report on Social Isolation)

To address this epidemic, Beyond the Conversation is hosting a series of forums and conversations in different neighbourhoods around Greater Vancouver. The first of these forums will be held on January 12, 2019 in North Vancouver City Library from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM. You are cordially invited to attend the official launch to build a better, stronger, safer and resilient North Vancouver community.

Date: January 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 am  to 12:30 pm
Location: North Vancouver City Library
120 W 14th St,
North Vancouver
Info: (604) 998-3450

This Forum is sold out.

A Forum on Loneliness & Social Isolation From a Non-Profit Organization Perspective

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Knox United Church. 5600 Balaclava Street, Vancouver

Click here for more information

Walk to End Social Isolation 2018

Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Arbutus Greenway, Kerrisdale

We will divide into 2 groups.

Group 1 walks from Arbutus Greenway @ 33rd Ave to Kerrisdale Park (0.7 Km) starting at 10:00 am sharp.

Group 2 walks from Arbutus Greenway @ 52nd Ave to Kerrisdale Park (0.8 Km) starting at 10:00 am sharp.

The 2 groups will meet at Kerrisdale Park where there will be a small band, food trucks and some short speeches from members of our community.

We plan to host this walk every year. Our first walk was supported by letters from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and by Premiere John Horgan.

Ten Reasons to join this walk

  1. Accompany a loved one.
  2. Walk on behalf of family or friends.
  3. Meet the neighbors and learn about local programs.
  4. Be inspired from real stories of struggles and triumphs.
  5. Find out more about “A Friend Indeed”.
  6. Enjoy outdoor activities.
  7. Learn about the cause and support our efforts.
  8. Visit sponsors’ and vendors’ booths.
  9. Make wishes at our wishing tree.
  10. Enjoy local food from truck vendors.